Preschool, vouchers dominate lieutenant governor debate
Kentucky’s major party candidates for lieutenant governor bickered about education and how to pay for it during a statewide television appearance Monday night, two weeks before the election.
Republican Jenean Hampton questioned public spending on preschool programs during an appearance on KET, saying parents should take responsibility for preparing their children for kindergarten. And she said parents should be able to take public tax dollars set aside for their children and spend them as they see fit, including on home or private school options.
Democrat Sannie Overly called Hampton’s plan "disturbing," saying preschool programs prepare both parents and their children. She said pulling tax dollars out of the public schools would devastate public education.
Hampton is running with Matt Bevin and Overly is running with Jack Conway. Independent candidate Heather Curtis was not invited.